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Daily Prayer - 2019-01-14

Presence

"Come to me all you who are burdened
and I will give you rest"
Here I am, Lord.
I come to seek your presence.
I long for your healing power.

Freedom

It is so easy to get caught up
with the trappings of wealth in this life.
Grant, O Lord, that I may be free
from greed and selfishness.
Remind me that the best things in life are free.
Love, laughter, caring and sharing.

Consciousness

In God's loving presence I unwind the past day,
starting from now and looking back, moment by moment.
I gather in all the goodness and light, in gratitude.
I attend to the shadows and what they say to me,
seeking healing, courage, forgiveness.

The Word of God

Marcus 1,14-20

Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, and saying, "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news." As Jesus passed along the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the sea--for they were fishermen. And Jesus said to them, "Follow me and I will make you fish for people." And immediately they left their nets and followed him. As he went a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John, who were in their boat mending the nets. Immediately he called them; and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men, and followed him.

Some thoughts on today's scripture

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  • The beginning of the ministry of Jesus coincides with the arrest of John the Baptist. The need for a herald is passed. “The time is fulfilled”. The focus is now fully on Jesus as he announces and inaugurates the kingdom. Notice the urgency in his exhortation to “repent and believe”. Do you need to hear these words today? Are they “good news” for you?
  • This sense of urgency continues as Mark describes the calling of the first disciples. Note his use (twice) of the word “immediately”. It hurries the narrative along.
  • In the world of Greek and Roman philosophy, as well as in that of rabbinic Judaism, it is the pupil who seeks out the teacher. Here the opposite is happening as Jesus seeks out these four fishermen to be his pupils, his disciples. This is closer to the calling of the prophets in the Old Testament. The initiative comes from God/Jesus. Can you give an autobiographical account of your call to follow Jesus?

Conversation

What feelings are rising in me as I pray and reflect on God's Word?
I imagine Jesus himself sitting or standing near me and open my heart to him.

Conclusion

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,
As it was in the beginning,
is now and ever shall be,
world without end.

Amen

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